Newborn Suddenly Dies - Parents Discover What Nurse Did

Cold sores are generally thought of as just a nuisance, but to newborn infants the virus can be much more dangerous. One family is devastated after their 12-day old baby died from a cold sore virus.

Eibhlín Gráinne Wills was born a few days late by an emergency C-section, but the baby seemed otherwise healthy. She weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces. She spent a few days in the NICU before going home with her parents, John and Louise.

John and Louise wrote on Facebook about how their baby 'slept, fed and toileted perfectly' and that she 'had a high level of alertness for such a young baby.' They brought Eibhlín for her first check-up when she was just eight days old, and she was found to be in perfect health.

Less than a week later, Eibhlín was dead. She suddenly lost her appetite and became fussy. Hours later, she became very sleepy and started sounding congested. Her parents planned to take her to the doctor the next day because they thought she caught a cold, but things continued to decline quickly.

Eibhlín began losing her color and became very lethargic, so John and Louise rushed her to the emergency room. She was diagnosed with 'Disseminated Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus 1,' otherwise known as the cold sore virus.

Babies usually contract this virus from their biological mother, but
Louise wasn't a carrier. Doctors believe the baby contracted it during her stay in the NICU by 'an accidental slip in hygiene,' Louise explains. The virus entered her body through a feeding tube or a drip, which is why there were no visible signs of cold sores.

John and Louise are devastated by their loss, but they hope they can spread awareness of what happened to Eibhlín so other parents can be more alert.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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